Stories / December 2018

The Editor's Sale Capsule

The Rake’s Digital Editor Ryan Thompson builds a capsule wardrobe comprised of his favourite pieces from the sale.

Associate Style Editor Benedict Browne wearing Grenfell's VBC flannel wool windowpane check overcoat.

Everyone loves the discounting period and the chance to pick up an end of season bargain, but with a huge selection of offers available, finding that one great piece can be a nightmare. No one wants to trawl through endless pages of products, which is why I've put together a small everyday capsule of outstanding items from some of The Rake's most popular brands and my own personal favourites for work, rest and play.

 

Neapolitan brand De Petrillo has been one of our star brands this season, for the simple reason that it hits the triangulated sweet spot between style, quality and price. When putting together a look, I'll often start with a jacket and build the rest of the look around it. In this case, De Petrillo's grey and blue wool and cashmere windowpane check double-breasted blazer is a brilliantly versatile option for the guy who likes to mix and match his separates. Seaward & Stern's grey print scarf complements it perfectly, whether worn over a shirt and tie or a more casual knit. Given the muted windowpane of the blazer, I'd be inclined to double up on the check effect with Grenfell's punchier VBC flannel wool Cavendish coat.

 

With one grey blazer in the wardrobe, I'd be inclined to also give it some company with a blue counterpart, this one again by De Petrillo. Cordone 1956's white micro-stripe shirt will really let the blue of the blazer sing and can be dressed up with a tie or worn open for a more modern look. With the navy and white juxtaposition doing all the heavy lifting, you can afford to choose almost any colour of trouser, but if you want to play it safe, a pair of navy pleated trousers will work nicely, especially when bookended by New & Lingwood's dark brown calf leather double monks.

 

Richard James is one of the very few Savile Row houses who has successfully transitioned from a tailoring business to a bona fide fashion house. His sartorial heritage is still at the core of everything he does, including his elevated casualwear which has kept in step with contemporary trends while at the same time honouring the Row's history. This dark olive shearling blouson is one of my favourites of the season: elegant yet masculine and that olive hue is delightfully easy to wear. I've gone for some white Japanese selvedge denim jeans by Barbanera to separate the look and make the blouson the star, while on my feet it was always going to be a pair of Chelsea boots, in this instance Doucal's brown suede version to add another bit of textural interest.

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Ryan Thompson